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Mar 26, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Against loud music, McCaffery says this is an interview of William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, but it is Sterling alone. Sinda Gregory also takes part. They discuss artificial intelligence, and Sterling brings up the work of Rudy Rucker and the idea of “postmodern science.” Sterling says of Gibson, “His brain works in mysterious fashion." Gibson’s “perceptions are very acute,” not like other science-fiction writers, who “are very interiorized.” They discuss...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 26, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Tom Robbins reads from an early draft version of his novel Still Life with Woodpecker written in the first person from the viewpoint of Bernard Mickey Wrangle. He then takes questions from the audience including a discussion of his writing habits and influences. A discussion between Larry McCaffery and an unidentified female about room scheduling permeates through part of the reading. Collection: Larry McCaffery Papers Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Tom Robbins and Larry...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 26, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Larry McCaffery and Sinda Gregory interview Tom Robbins at his home in La Conner, Washington. The interview begins with a discussion of why Robbins lives in such a small, secluded town which leads into a description of Robbins’ background. Robbins expounds on the influence of art and religion on his writing. Robbins discusses the background to writing his first novel, Another Roadside Attraction. The discussion turns to the use of humor in literature and the way it is not...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 26, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: In answer to a question from an unknown interviewer (Jim) working with McCaffery, Katz talks about his books Florry of Washington Heights and Swanny’s Ways. McCaffery and Katz discuss Katz’s interest in quantum mechanics and literary devices. Jim asks about global politics, and Katz mentions the Korean War in Swanny’s Ways. McCaffery and Katz discuss how the threat of nuclear war in the 1950s. They talk about the process of writing Swanny’s Ways and “West Side Story.”...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 26, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: This tape is labeled undergraduate class. Katz says one story woke him up in the middle of the night. A student asks, “Do all your stories have a meaning?” He answers, “The story is mine; the meaning is yours.” A student asks how long it took to write 43 Fictions, and Katz says “about 15 years.” McCaffery asks why Katz stopped studying veterinary medicine. He took some writing classes, which he said freed him up to write, but it took him about 10 years to get over the...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 26, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: The tape opens to a group discussing revision. A note on the cassette liner labels this as a graduate class. Katz asks whether they are trained to read books and then ask questions about them. Katz asks if anyone thought what they read was serious, and they say they all took it seriously. He discusses exploring the potential of storytelling. Katz discusses the audience for different types of writing. A student asks whether art is becoming more of a visual medium, like “last...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 26, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Larry McCaffery interviews Diane Johnson in her house in Berkeley. They begin with a discussion of her writing habits and how she begins her novels. Johnson explains that what interests her in her writing is form. Johnson discusses her views on being considered a “woman writer," the characters in her novels, the influence of California on her writing, the portrayal of relationships in her novels, her then forthcoming biography of Dashiell Hammett, and her novel The Shadow...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 26, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description:   Part 1: John Irving and Larry McCaffery meet in a restaurant and discuss fiction in general and Irving’s fiction specifically over lunch. The interview begins with a discussion of autobiographical fiction which Irving had been professed to disdain. Irving explains that much of writing is autobiographical in nature but that doesn’t mean it has to be true to real life (and gives, in an example strikingly similar to Samuel Delany’s response on the same question four years...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 25, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: As a sound test, Hoban recites part of Edward Lear’s “The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo.” Gregory asks about Canterbury Cathedral with its painting of St. Eustace, given its appearance in Hoban’s book Riddley Walker. They talk about the book and wordplay. Hoban discusses Schrodinger and H. P. Lovecraft. Hoban discussed his works in progress. He lists Joseph Conrad and “years of science fiction” as influences. On the second side Hoban discusses “all the nice things...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 25, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Larry McCaffery, Sinda Gregory and Brian McHale interview Lyn Hejinian in Berkeley. The interview begins with a in-depth discussion of Hejinian’s most recent work, Oxota: A Short Russian Novel, including its construction, its style and what kind of work it is. There is a discussion of the idea of “mistranslation” and what can result from that. Hejinian discusses her place as a postmodernist poet and as a member of the school of “Language poetry.” There is a discussion of...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
Mar 25, 2020
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Description: Interview with William Gibson and Bruce Sterling by Dan Erwin for KPBS. Collection: Larry McCaffery Papers Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. Copyright holders have given San Diego State University, Special Collections and University Archives permission to provide access to the digitized work online. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 24, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Gregory explains that they found little information about Hauser, so McCaffery asks Hauser about her background. She wanted to be a dancer or a missionary, both of which involved travel. She lied about her age in order to work in the press. McCaffery and Hauser discuss the differences in style between her first book in English and her later work. She includes in her life story how a telephone call interrupted her suicide planning. She saw Otto Rank, the psychoanalyst, who said if...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 24, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Richard Grossman reads from his novel The Alphabet Man. He reads pages 220-222, 223-227, 238-256. After the reading, Grossman takes questions from students. There is a break in the audio towards the end of the reading. The audio cuts off before the questions are concluded. Collection: Larry McCaffery Papers Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Richard Grossman and Larry McCaffery. Copyright holders have given San Diego State University, Special Collections and University...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 24, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Larry McCaffery interviews Richard Grossman in a restaurant. Grossman begins by discussing the importance of the sound of language. Grossman describes what he is trying to do with his American Letters trilogy. Grossman explains his wide range of influences in world art and literature. Grossman explains the genesis and development of his book The Animals. Grossman describes his biography in detail. Grossmen describes his goals in writing his American Letters trilogy. Collection:...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Description: Without an introduction an interviewer asks Bruce Sterling and William Gibson about their book Difference Engine, and Gibson says that he and Sterling began discussing the subject matter before they decided to do a book. Gibson describes the experience of seeing a portion of a reconstructed Babbage machine in London. They discuss the details of the process of writing and planning. They discuss the relationship of the reader to the text in Difference Engine. Asked if it is easier...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 23, 2020
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Description: The interviewer is not named until the end, when both the journal and the name “Elliott” are mentioned. It begins with Gibson speaking about the label cyberpunk, and they discuss the genre and the authors. Gibson talks about his first WorldCon in 1981 as “an adult SF writer,” on a panel with Sterling. Elliott asks whether the novel Difference Engine is the beginning of a new tack, and Gibson says that cyberspace is not only his word (introduced to fiction by him) but also...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 23, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: This interview is for a book fellow interviewer Takayuki Tatsumi is writing, to be published in Japan. Tatsumi and McCaffrey are at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) at the Hilton Anaheim hotel, California, on the telephone to Gibson in Vancouver. McCaffery says the interview will focus on Gibson’s book Idoru. Gibson discusses an “organic pattern that developed with the first three novels” in which it is not necessary to read earlier books, so Idoru is not a...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 23, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description:   Gibson says he looks “for little odds and ends” to put into his work.They talk about Gibson’s book Neuromancer, which was his first novel, and as McCaffrey says is filled with rock and roll images. McCaffrey says it reminded him of Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Gibson says he was excited by the “surreal” about Hammett’s work. He heard about computer viruses from an “ex-WAC” who talked about someone having to come in to “wipe” unwanted programs. “It...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 23, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: This is the fifth and final seminar in the “Living Authors” program, and students ask questions. Gass discusses how he sees the reader using his texts. About the theft of a manuscript, Gass describes “working long hours,” and “going without sleep” while teaching. He says the replacement was a “better book” than the first version. He speaks about the writer’s “task,” use of words, and poetry. He talks about characters and how he wants to be “as direct as...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 21, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description:  At the beginning people talk and someone tests the tape recorder. McCaffery silences the crowd and says Gass has a cold, so they will need to be quiet. He introduces Gass and says he will be reading from his work in progress The Tunnel. The introduction is cut short as the tape is turned off and back on, and Gass starts to speak. He introduces the narrator and says he will read one of the chapters called “Mad Meg.” He says that the narrator is “digging a tunnel through...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 21, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description:  The tape starts with the sound of many people talking. Then a dramatic reading from William Gass’s first book, Omensetter’s Luck., the chapter “The Triumph of Israbestis Tott.” begins. McCaffery says that Pam Adams directed “Icicles” (not on this tape), and Tom Rider directed the “Triumph of Israbestis Tott.” This was a “Living Authors” presentation, the last one of the semester, with a “Readers Theater” dramatic reading. He asks Gass how he feels about...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 21, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Larry McCaffery and Sinda Gregory interview Kenneth Gangemi in Gangemi’s New York City apartment. After a discussion of travelling through the American Southwest, the interview begins with a discussion of Gangemi’s poetry. Gangemi explains the way his “list poems” are created. Gangemi explains how his work as a bartender has informed his writing. There is a discussion about “nonsense” writing, both by Gangemi and others. Gangemi describes his educational and literary...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 20, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: In 1993 a story by “Eurudice” (Eurydice Kamvasseli) was published in McCaffery’s anthology Avant-Pop: Fiction for a Daydream Nation.To start this interview, Kamvasseli and McCaffery had viewed a video, and McCaffery asked if it has anything to do with her book F/32, and she says no, she wants to keep her work from being “filmable.” Both her interest in cinema and her writing come from the image of a mirror. Kamvasseli says the title of the book refers to a lens aperture...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 20, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: The other voice on the tape is that of interviewer Takayuki Tatsumi. Music from a previous recording is still audible on this tape. Erickson says that there was always something unresolved about each book that led to the next, beginning with Arc d'X. In answer to a question from Tatsumi, Erickson says he destroyed earlier manuscripts, explaining that once his book Days Between Stations was published he could not “go back.” Along with rock and roll music, movies were “the two...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 20, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: After a brief introduction by Larry McCaffery, William Eastlake takes questions from an undergraduate class in separate sessions. He begins with a description of the concept of revolution. Eastlake answers questions about the depiction of Native Americans in his works. Eastlake responds to questions on such disparate subjects as politics, religion and current events. Eastlake responds to a long, complex question regarding his opinion on the moon landing. In the second session,...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 20, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: After a brief introduction by Larry McCaffery and a few questions from McCaffery, William Eastlake takes questions from a graduate class. Eastlake begins by talking about writing as a discipline. He then discusses the morality that arises from what people choose to read and write. Eastlake talks about the role of the university for writers. Eastlake discusses his admiration for Louis-Ferdinand Celine in regards to Celine’s anti-semitism. Eastlake discusses the realism of language...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 20, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: After a brief introduction by Larry McCaffery, William Eastlake reads from a work in progress. Titled at the time Gulliver’s Travels Among the Remote Nations of the Universe, this novel, unpublished at the time of Eastlake’s death in 1997, would be referred to in a 1983 interview as Ms. Marybelle’s Speed of Light Space Cirkus, Komedy and Magick Show. The recording runs out before the reading is concluded. Collection: Larry McCaffery Papers Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 20, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Larry McCaffery and Sinda Gregory interview William Eastlake. Eastlake begins by talking about screenwriting as a profession. Eastlake explains how he came to write about the American West. Eastlake explains his despair of a lack of geniuses in the current state of writing and the large amount of “terrible writing”, attributing it to the teaching of writing in universities. Eastlake explains how he came to write about Native Americans in his fiction and talks about his...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 19, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: An edited transcript of this interview appeared in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Fall 1998, Volume 18, Number 3, maintained online by the Dalkey Archive Press. Sinda Gregory asks what books Ducornet read as a child. The author says Alice in Wonderland, books on archaeology, and others. Her father was a social philosopher and a Cuban and her grandmother told stories about Havana. She found Max Ernst and Alfred Jarry, “and a whole world opened up to me” and she “oved...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 19, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Larry McCaffery and Sinda Gregory interview Steve Dixon in Dixon's Riverside Drive apartment in Manhattan. McCaffery asks a question about revising, to which Dixon says, “In the end I’m looking for perfection in style as I’m revising it, to leave no word unturned.” They discuss how most writers cannot articulate their process. To McCaffery Dixon seems like a writer of urban fiction, and Dixon says he is “picking up something from the air” and writing about his...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 19, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: McCaffery asks how Disch got involved with “Amnesia” (later called a video game or text adventure). Disch says “It is an art form in itself." He mentions Douglas Adams’s “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy." McCaffery asks if artists will be moving into using computers, and Disch says there is not enough software yet but speaks about what has “become possible through computer graphics.” McCaffery talks about “New Wave” science fiction, and Disch...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 19, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Without introduction, McCaffery notes Disch’s love of opera. Disch names Wagner and says the poetry, narrative and singing help produce the “largest aesthetic charge.” He compares the group effort of opera to the way that elements of a story work together, and McCaffery comments that readers may not understand and appreciate the conventions and “artifices” of science fiction, Disch’s main genre. Disch says that no one has ever studied what happens in peoples’ minds as...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 19, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Larry McCaffery and Sinda Gregory interview Samuel Delany at his apartment in 1983 in the upper West Side of Manhattan (with considerable traffic noise). The interview begins with a discussion of science fiction, why Delany writes it and what it can do with language that more mundane fiction is unable to do. Delany notes that language that is considered metaphorical in more mundane fiction can be literal in science fiction. The interview begins with specific questions about the...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 19, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Speaking very softly, Davis asks if “Edie” will be participating in the interview, with the answer yes. McCaffery asks about the inspiration for stories and mentions Davis’s “Pastor Arlene’s Newsletter.” McCaffery asks about Davis’s writing process, which she says is “different in each case.” She writes under a “time constraint” and keeps a notebook. Edie asks about her use of pronouns, and both interviewers ask about stories with no names. Davis has “lost...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 19, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: McCaffery asks about Danielewski’s assertion in the first interview that he “storyboarded” House of Leaves. McCaffery asks about the metaphor of architecture, and the book Poetics of Space. They talk about The Whalestoe Letters “by” characters in House of Leaves. Danielewski also discusses powerful women. The letters, Danielewski says, lead to a “re-evaluation” of the story. Danielewski refuses to name the narrator of the book. McCaffery discusses whether characters...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 19, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: McCaffery asks about the circumstances of writing House of Leaves. The environment is very noisy. Danielewski tells about writing “Redwood” on the bus to Los Angeles when his father Tad fell ill. Danielewski talks about its literary background. He had an idea about a “house that was 1/4 of an inch bigger on the inside than the outside,” but did not know for three years that his characters lived there. McCaffery says Tad was a filmmaker, and Mark discusses Tad and family...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 18, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Cruz talks about his Five Days of Bleeding, which was eventually published in 1995 by Fiction Collective 2. McCaffery asks him to compare his “new book” with the already published book, Straight Outta Compton, published in 1992. The title of the book in progress refers to a song. The next question is about rap music, blues, and jazz. Cruz talks about the history of these musical forms. McCaffery likens Cruz’s style to musical forms and talks about appropriating an...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 18, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: The tape begins with rap music The tape is labeled as an interview on San Diego radio station KPBS, a show called “These Days." Cruz talks about the similarities between his writing and music that he is able to produce on his home turntable and mixer. McCaffery asks him to read from his book Straight Outta Compton. The title of the book is the same as that of an album by N.W.A. Cruz talks about one of his themes, “how to escape a ghetto of the mind.” They discuss what...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 18, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Larry McCaffery and Robert Coover meet at a sports bar (with loud noise and a football game on television in the background) to discuss Coover’s 1977 novel The Public Burning. Coover discusses in detail the genesis of the book, the research he undertook and the work he engaged in during its composition. Coover also explains the long delay between the book's actual composition and the publication of it. An edited version of this interview appears on pages 115-125 of...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 18, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Larry McCaffery interviews Robert Coover at Brown University. Coover talks about the use of art as a commodity. Coover discusses the lack of a writing community in America and how American writers have sprung up doing the same thing at the same time without reading each other’s works. Coover explains that in his own writing he is not particularly interested in language but in how fiction “reflects something else and that something else is always a bit elusive for me.” Coover...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 18, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Robert Coover gives a reading at San Diego State University of his 1994 short story “The New Thing”. He follows that with a reading from pages 3-4, 399-400 and 462-463 of his 1977 novel The Public Burning. He continues with a reading of pages 3, 5-6, 101-106 of his 1998 novel Ghost Town. He follows that with a reading of pages 13, 58 and 61-63 of his 1991 novel Pinocchio in Venice. He then takes questions from the crowd. Collection: Larry McCaffery Papers Rights: Copyrighted....
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Mar 17, 2020 McCaffery, Larry
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Description: Without introduction, McCaffery notes Disch’s love of opera. Disch names Wagner and says the poetry, narrative and singing help produce the “largest aesthetic charge.” He compares the group effort of opera to the way that elements of a story work together, and McCaffery comments that readers may not understand and appreciate the conventions and “artifices” of science fiction, Disch’s main genre. Disch says that no one has ever studied what happens in peoples’ minds as...
Topic: Literature--Experimental--United States
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Feb 19, 2020 Larry McCaffery
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Description: An edited transcript of this interview appeared in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Fall 1998, Volume 18, Number 3, maintained online by the Dalkey Archive Press. Sinda Gregory asks what books Ducornet read as a child. The author says Alice in Wonderland, books on archaeology, and others. Her father was a social philosopher and a Cuban and her grandmother told stories about Havana. She found Max Ernst and Alfred Jarry, “and a whole world opened up to me” and she “loved...
Topics: Literature, Experimental--United States